invert

verb
in·​vert | \ in-ˈvərt How to pronounce invert (audio) \
inverted; inverting

Definition of invert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to reverse in position, order, or relationship
b : to subject to inversion
2a : to turn inside out or upside down
b : to turn inward
3 : to find the mathematical reciprocal of to divide using fractions, invert the divisor and multiply
4 : to reincorporate (a company) as a new entity in a foreign country : to put (a company) through the process of inversion (see inversion sense 6) Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress have questioned the patriotism of corporate executives who elect to invert their companies.— Stephen Ohlemacher

invert

noun
in·​vert | \ ˈin-ˌvərt How to pronounce invert (audio) \

Definition of invert (Entry 2 of 2)

: one characterized by inversion

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Synonyms for invert

Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

reverse, transpose, invert mean to change to the opposite position. reverse is the most general term and may imply change in order, side, direction, meaning. reversed his position on the trade agreement transpose implies a change in order or relative position of units often through exchange of position. transposed the letters to form an anagram invert applies chiefly to turning upside down or inside out. the number 9 looks like an inverted 6

Examples of invert in a Sentence

Verb The lens inverts the image. The number 9 looks like an inverted 6. invert the order of two words in a sentence
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bond investors are nervous that a portion of the yield curve briefly inverted earlier this month, meaning that short-term rates were higher than long-term yields. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "How low can bond rates go?," 17 Feb. 2020 Use the petals in a fruit salad or put whole flowers at the bottom of a cake pan so that the cake, after baking, can be inverted to reveal a scented, flowery top. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Edible flowers for your garden and dinner table," 7 Feb. 2020 While The Lonely Island paid homage to a genre and then inadvertently scored a hit within it, Lil Nas X has inverted their game, honored country tropes as a rap outsider looking in, and been able to ride those tropes to achieve unexpected success. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Lil Nas X's Top 40 Breakout Hit 'Old Town Road'," 26 Mar. 2019 Run a small knife around cakes to loosen and carefully invert onto a plate. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Going the chocolate route this Valentine’s? These lava cakes are sure to be a hit," 13 Feb. 2020 Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; then invert onto racks to cool completely. Torie Cox, Country Living, "Spring Daisy Lemon Layer Cake," 11 Feb. 2020 Step 6 Cover the pan with a baking sheet and invert the slab onto the sheet, removing the pan and then the foil. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "These praline bars are like pecan pie by way of New Orleans," 2 Dec. 2019 Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 20 minutes, and then invert onto the rack, turn right-side up and let cool completely. Serve the cake at room temperature. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "The San Francisco Chronicle’s best cookbooks of 2019," 29 Nov. 2019 Kashkari is concerned that hiring is slowing this year and that the yield curve inverted in August and is close to doing it again, a situation that has occurred before recessions. Heather Long, Washington Post, "The Fed has ‘put the economy into a more dangerous position,’ Fed’s Kashkari says," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of invert

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for invert

Verb

Latin invertere, from in- + vertere to turn — more at worth

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The first known use of invert was in 1533

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26 Mar 2020

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“Invert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invert. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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invert

verb
How to pronounce invert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of invert

formal
: to turn (something) upside down
: to change the position, order, or relationship of things so that they are the opposite of what they had been

invert

verb
in·​vert | \ in-ˈvərt How to pronounce invert (audio) \
inverted; inverting

Kids Definition of invert

1 : to turn inside out or upside down Invert the bowl onto a plate.
2 : to reverse the order or position of invert numbers
in·​vert | \ in-ˈvərt How to pronounce invert (audio) \

Medical Definition of invert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : to reverse in position, order, or relationship adjacent sequences of DNA and RNA that are complementary and inverted
b : to subject to inversion
2a : to turn inside out or upside down
b : to turn inward when a foot is inverted its forepart tends to approach the midline of the bodyJournal of the American Medical Association

intransitive verb

: to undergo inversion a normal nipple that inverts later in life can be an ominous sign— P. G. Donohue

invert

noun
in·​vert | \ ˈin-ˌvərt How to pronounce invert (audio) \

Medical Definition of invert (Entry 2 of 2)

: one characterized by inversion especially : homosexual

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